Congress Posts

FBI Assistant Deputy Director Strzok Testifies Publicly Before Congress

FBI agent Defends Actions in Russia Inquiry in Contentious House Testimony: (“The embattled F.B.I. agent who oversaw the opening of the Russia investigation mounted an aggressive defense of himself and the F.B.I. on Thursday, rejecting accusations that he let his private political views bias his official actions and labeling Republicans’ preoccupation with him ‘another victory notch in Putin’s belt.’ * * * ‘Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,’ the agent, Peter Strzok, told House lawmakers investigating what Republicans say is evidence of rampant bias at the top levels of the F.B.I.”)

Political Battle Rages over Judicial Nominations

Republicans Escalate Bitter Fight over Judicial Nominations: (“With little else moving on Capitol Hill, Mr. McConnell; the White House; and Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, have turned confirmation of federal judges into their overriding priority. And in severely weakening the power of the blue slip, they have greatly diminished the ability of Democrats to stop them.”)